Ground Pork and Cabbage Recipe

Yesterday I cooked up some ground pork and cabbage. This is a low carb twist on a classic Irish dish that uses potatoes. If you just got back from lifting weights at the gym, add the potatoes back into the recipe. Otherwise proceed as described.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to discuss the economics of this recipe. The pound of ground pork came from local pastured farm and cost me just $4. All the veggies and spices combined cost about $1.50. The total cost of this dish was $5.50 and it made 3 servings. That works out to less than $2 a serving. I could have added more onions or even potatoes if I wanted to stretch out the servings for even greater value.

Whenever the media reports that poor people can’t afford to eat healthy, I just shake my head in frustration. They are repeating the same old disempowering message, which is simply not true.

Recipe: Ground Pork and Cabbage

Summary: A low-carb twist on a classic Irish dish.


  1. 1 pound of ground pork
  2. 1/2 head of green cabbage shredded
  3. 4 thinly sliced carrots
  4. 1 sliced onion
  5. 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. black pepper to taste
  8. Lard, tallow or other healthy cooking oil


  1. Heat up onions and carrots in skillet with cooking oil. (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add salt, turmeric, cabbage and pork.
  3. Cook until pork and cabbage are done (about 15 minutes)

Cooking time (duration): 25

Diet (other): Reduced carbohydrate, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 3

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Irish

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  1. Ed says

    re:”The pound of ground pork came from local pastured farm and cost me just $4″.

    Where from Mike?

    It does sound like another good idea, I will try it.

  2. Ed says

    I decided to just buy some pork at the local Whole Foods. It turned out great and was a way better tasting dish with the pork then substituting beef like I tried last time.

  3. Sue says

    I will try your recipe tonight, sounds delish!
    Keep in mind ‘poor’ people may not have things you take for granted, IE: a working stove; the ability to get to a store that sells good produce and meat, especially in poor neighborhoods; The time/energy/ability to cook even this simple recipe, when it is much easier to get the $1 menu at the fast food chain.
    They may also not have the $$ to get a full bottle of oil, or jar of spice, even though the amount used per meal is of little cost.

  4. Jen says

    Very good dinner. I also had grass fed local pork in the freezer, and wasn’t sure what to make. I’m eating more paleo now, and this was perfect thanks.

  5. Marylou says

    I frequently browse for recipes when I get stumped on what to cook. I found your recipe while browsing. I have the pork and recently I purchased a cabbage….also I was amazed that I actually have Turmeric! The recipe sounds good and it is different from the typical meals we have.

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